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 By Jess Utz    Opinion    May 29, 2013

"Gem in the Coulee – John Huston" Part 2

I decided that at least once a week I would dig up a gem of a person in the Grand Coulee area and write about him or her, someone that might do pretty cool things or have an amazing heart that might... Full story


Spirit is alive and well

Homecoming week for LRHS was fun to be a part of and it showed me spirit is alive and well. The halls of LR were decorated with different genres of music. Rap, country, techno and rock boomed in the... Full story


Jess, Shut Up - When scary is an understatement

Back in the early 1990s, I was sent to the Chelan area for a large fire that was burning. Deano McPherson, Flint Bjorson and I took a structure truck over there as part of a “structure protection... Full story

 By Jess Utz    Lifestyles    August 1, 2012

Through destruction to “the plantation”

The family and I headed out for camping last week near Republic. It was an awesome example of nature’s power as we drove through the Keller and Republic areas. I can just not do justice in words to... Full story

 By Jess Utz    Lifestyles    July 18, 2012

Cartoons - not like they use to be

I was watching cartoons the other morning with my nephew, Terrill, and man have things changed. It seemed that all the cartoons he was watching had killing, fighting and weapons of some sort. Violence... Full story

 By Jess Utz    Lifestyles    July 4, 2012

How summers should be spent

Well, summer might just be making an appearance in the Coulee, and it got me thinking. When I was a kid we spent just about all day outside. We just had to be home before dark. All day outside. I... Full story

 By Jess Utz    Lifestyles    June 20, 2012

Jess, Shut Up - Wisdom in a grove

There is a man in Seaton's Grove that has wisdom beyond a lot of us. I can first remember meeting this Wizard of Wisdom when I was a small child. I would go to his shop and look at all the fish. Tank... Full story

 By Jess Utz    Lifestyles    May 23, 2012

Coyotes, Colorama, and Cletis

I learned a valuable lesson a couple weeks ago. It all started when one of our cats, Nala, was killed by coyotes in the middle of the night. It was hard for all of us who had ever petted her soft... Full story

 By Jess Utz    Lifestyles    May 9, 2012

Jess, Shut Up - Continuing my tour

After the last column I had many people come up to me, saying, “Hey you forgot about …” this business and that business, and they were kinda right. So I will continue my tour of local... Full story

 By Jess Utz    Lifestyles    April 4, 2012

Jess, Shut Up - Missing the missing trees

Over the last few weeks, trees and shrubs have been disappearing between Pole Park and The Star newspaper. The culprit? USBR. This made me think of the joggers and walkers that use that path every... Full story